February 12, 2008 — Roseanne Ford, professor of chemical engineering and associate vice president for research and graduate studies, has been named the recipient of the Thomas E. Hutchinson Faculty Award by Trigon Engineering Society.
The award, given annually to one SEAS faculty member, is named in honor of U.Va. Professor Thomas E. Hutchinson, who served as faculty advisor to the Trigon Society for many years. Trigon was established in 1924 as a political organization in the Engineering School and now unites engineering students in service projects for both the University and the Charlottesville community.
Ford was chosen from among five finalists for the award, which was presented during a dinner n the Rotunda on Feb. 2.
According to Megan Turner, award coordinator for the Trigon Engineering Society, more than 170 students wrote anecdotal nominations for U.Va. faculty members.
Ford joined the U.Va. faculty in 1989 and was named associate vice president for research and graduate studies in 2004. She is the recipient of grants from the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation. In 2006, she became a fellow in the prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In nominating Ford for the Tirgon honor, one U.Va. student cited her "unmatched enthusiasm" for teaching and noted that she is "as enthusiastic during office hours as in class."